Population: 11,392,629 (July 2009 est)
GDP per capita (PPP): $200 (2008 est)
Total expenditure on health per capita: $ 147 (Intl $, 2006)
Zimbabwe is located in Southern Africa, between South Africa and Zambia. Zimbabwe formally known as Rhodesia has had a turbulent and often violent past, which continues today under the rule of Robert Mugabe. After disparities in the results of the March 2008 elections between the ruling ZANU-PF party and MDC opposition party difficult negotiations over a power sharing agreement, allowing Mugabe to remain as president and creating the new position of prime minister for Tsvangirai, were finally settled in February 2009. Due to the government’s past poor economic decisions and land reform program Zimbabwe has an unsustainable fiscal deficit, an overvalued official exchange rate, hyperinflation (11.2 million percent, 2008) and bare store shelves.
Implementing Partner In-Country: Zimbabwean Diabetes Association (Mr. Ngoni Chigwana and colleagues)
International Partners: Insulin for Life
Life for a Child Support
Life for a Child Program commenced the support of 33 children and adolescents in Zimbabwe in 2007. Currently we provide insulin for 100 needy children identified by the Zimbabwean Diabetes Association, in partnership with Insulin for Life.
As seen above Zimbabwe is in economical dire straits with most often the poorest and most vulnerable people (women and children) being the most affected. So for children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes in a country whose health system has effectively shut down their quality and longevity of life is greatly compromised.